|Kilner jar with cardboard funnel|
Step 1 is to open the hive and to shake 300 bees (100ml) into the jar via the funnel.
|bees secure in the jar with lid on|
Step 2 is to put two tablespoons of icing sugar into the jar and to screw on the lid; shake the bees to mix them and coat them with icing sugar.
Step3 the jar containing bees and sugar is inverted and shaken vigorously over the white based pie dish. Any varroa should arrive in the dish with loads of sugar so visibility is improved by adding water. Check for mites.
We didn't find any!
Kilchoan appears to be still varroa free.
The sugar coated bees were returned to the hive unharmed.